Back-To-Back x 2 Clinches Playoff Berth

Senior Jeremy Johnson scored the game-winning goal in the Cobbers' playoff-clinching 6-2 victory at Bethel.
Senior Jeremy Johnson scored the game-winning goal in the Cobbers' playoff-clinching 6-2 victory at Bethel.

BLAINE, Minn. (2/17/17)---A string of four consecutive goals in the second and third periods helped Concordia clinch its fifth straight trip to the MIAC postseason.

Goals by Sam Coborn, Jeremy Johnson, Jon Grebosky and Dalton Mills powered Concordia past Bethel 6-2 and earned CC a spot in the five-team conference tournament.

The Cobbers are now 7-6-2 in league play which is good for 25 conference points. CC is one point behind fourth-place Hamline for the race to host the MIAC quarterfinal game on Thursday. Concordia ups its overall record to 13-9-2 on the year.

The game was an offensive showcase as the teams combined to fire 86 shots on goal. The Cobbers held the upper hand with a 44-42 edge.  

The teams traded goals in the back half of the first frame to set the stage for the Cobbers' four-goal spree. Grebosky netted his first goal of the game at 12:16 to give Concordia a 1-0 lead. The goal came on the power play and was Grebosky's 11th of the year. Linemate Zach Doerring and defenseman Jordan Krebsbach earned the first of their two assists on the night.

The Royals would tie the game a little over 2-minutes later on an even-strength goal at 14:53.

The ice was tilted in Concordia's favor in the second period as they outshot Bethel 18-8 and scored two goals 1:39 apart.

Coborn connected first with an even strength goal at the 13:13 mark. Jake Stilwell picked up the assist on Coborn's fourth goal of the season.

Johnson then came away with the eventual game-winning goal when he netted his fifth goal of the year at 14:52. Garrett Hendrickson and Quinn Fuchs were credited with the assists.

The Cobbers then doubled up on their back-to-back goals in the second period by scoring two goals 34-seconds apart in the first six minutes of the third period.

Grebosky came away with his team-leading 12th of the year at 5:07 and then Mills poached the first of his two goals in the game at 5:41. Doerring earned his second helper of the game on Grebosky's goal while Krebsbach picked up his second dime on the Mills goal.

Bethel got to within 5-2 with a goal midway through the final period and then Mills put a lid on the game with his 10th goal of the season at 18:28. Connor Kelly earned the assist on the final score of the game.

Freshman Sam Nelson made 40 saves in goal for the Cobbers.

CC was 1-for-2 on the power play and held the Royals scoreless in their five PP attempts.

PLAYOFF PEDIGREE: In addition to five straight trips to the conference playoffs, Concordia will be making its sixth trip in the past seven seasons.

SHOOTING GALLERY: Concordia only had one 40-or-more shot game in the first 22 contests of the year and has now put back-to-back games of at least 40 shots. CC had a season-high 52 shots in last weekend's series finale against St. Olaf. The Cobbers now have 655 shots on the season .

SUDDEN SAM: Senior Sam Coborn has now scored in back-to-back games and has four goals on the season which is a career high for the forward from Park Rapids.

THE BIG GREBOSKY: Jon Grebosky has now scored at least 11 goals and put up 20 points in each of his first three seasons in maroon and gold. He has 22 points on the year which is three shy of his career high of 25 which came last season.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will finish off the regular season when they play at Bethel  on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. The Cobbers can still host the 4/5 quarterfinal game with a win over the Royals and a loss by Hamline at Gustavus.